Interview: Photographer Kurt Johansen (Denmark)
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Tell us something about yourself
I am a Danish photographer who run my own small one-man business part time. I have been interested in photography since I was very young. For about 10 years ago I decided to do more about my interest. At first I photographed only children, wedding and family photos. These are tasks that keep my business running today.
In 2012 I found interest in model photography. This interest has been increasing ever since.
How and when did you get into photography?
When I finished school, I got a job in a photo-shop where I worked for 3.5 years. That started my interest in photography.
What does photography mean to you?
Besides my family photography is the most important thing in my life. It makes me happy and eats day it's become a bigger part of me.
Please briefly describe your photography style for our readers.
I work with almost all styles .... beauty, fashion, linerie and nude art. But those who know me will probably call me nude art photographer. This is also what I am most passionate about.
Think you in advance what you want in the picture?
Sometime I gotta exact idea, and have an precise way of going for it ….then I finds a model that fits into that idea. But mostly I find a model I will like to work with. I like the idea off creating the idea together, maybe find some inspiration pictures, and build our own foto from that. I also like the idea of not knowing exactly how this image will become.
Where do you get inspiration from?
When I find a nice photo I like somewhere on the internet, I save it in a folder to inspirations for later. But mostly I found my inspiration in the model her self. By working with the model, taking with her and getting to know her, I will found out what kind of person she is. That way I'm finding her good and bad sides. By knowing her I'm abel to find the right ideas for her. It's important for me that the model is okay whit the ideas, and I'm always trying too let them understand that we are doing this image together. No pictures are better than model and photographer can do together.
Studio, on location or both?
I like too do both.
Would you consider yourself a hobbyist or a paid professional?
When we talk about model photography I wold like too see myself as a hobby photographer. I use my model shoot for experiment, develop and excel myself. But maybe it's more realistic to place me somewhere between. I'm just started to workshops in lightning and workflow, because several people have asked me to do it.
What has been your most memorable session and why?
It was my first nude-art shoot, and also the short that started my interest in nude-art photography. Before that day it has never crossed my mind, that it was a option to make nude-art. I also learned the hard way, that it's important to make a clear and precise deal before starting a shoot.
A girl contacted me for a shoot. She liked some pictures for her boyfriend, how was away for 4 months. In my mind I was thinking sexy close our some lingerie. We newer talked about precisely what to do. I started the shoot by setting the light….when I turned around I saw her standing totally naked asking “how does we start?”😳😳😳😳. That was definitely not what I had expected. But anyway……she made me feel comfortable very fast, and it became an good shoot.
What has been the biggest source of inspiration in your work?
When I'm looking at all the great pictures
Nikon or Canon? Favorite lens?
I use Canon EOS 5 mark3 and mark4.
The 3 most used lenses: Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM, Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM
What is one piece of advice you would like to offer a new photographer looking to start their own business?
Don't be afraid to try something new.
What do you think of our new magazine?
I haven't heard anything about this this magazine because you contacted me. But what I have seen so far it is a good idea and I like that I have seen.